Qualcomm’s new chipset brings 5G to budget phones

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Snapdragon 480 aims to accelerate global 5G Commercialization and deliver enhanced features to the lower-cost Smartphone market.

Qualcomm this week announced the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 480 5G Mobile Platform. The company claims the 480 is the first 4-series mobile platform equipped with 5G.

The company claims that the 480 will help drive further proliferation of 5G worldwide. In addition, the platform delivers high performance to power in-demand productivity and entertainment experiences, according to Qualcomm.

Kedar Kondap, Qualcomm’s VP product management, said the company “continues to accelerate 5G commercialization globally to make 5G smartphones more accessible.”

That accessibility is even more critical now due to the increase in remote working, he added.

“The Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform will exceed OEM’s and consumer’s expectations in delivering high- and mid-tier features at an affordable price.”

A robust feature set for budget deployments

Snapdragon 480 features the Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF System to support mmWave and Sub-6 GHz 5G; Standalone (SA) and Non-standalone (NSA) modes. It also offers Time Division Duplexing (TDD), Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD), and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS).

The 480 also offers 2×2 Wi-Fi (dual Wi-Fi antennas) with a set of key Wi-Fi 6 features. These include 8×8 sounding with multi-user MIMO, for significant range and performance improvements.

In addition, Bluetooth 5.1 and advanced wireless audio capabilities are also included. Snapdragon 480 also supports Dual-frequency GPS and NavIC for accurate location positioning.

Using the Spectra 345 image processor, the 480 also brings triple signal processing to the 4-series. This allows it to capture stills or video from three cameras simultaneously.

Heavy focus on Entertainment

Qualcomm also boasts that the 480 upgrades streaming and gaming user experiences. The 120fps FHD+ display support provides enhanced content clarity and quick, smooth graphics rendering.

The platform also offers fully immersive entertainment with Qualcomm’s aptX audio. This provides for optimized gaming experiences across popular titles, seamless streaming for HD content, and faster application load times.

Qualcomm has said that the first devices to use the 480 will be announced in early 202. Oppo, Vivo, and Nokia phone maker HMB Global have said they were all going to use the new chip.